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Old Feb 8, 09, 5:58 am   #1
 
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BYOB on Amtrak?

Mr travelmad478 and I will be taking a long trip on Amtrak this week, 14 daytime hours. We're plotting what food to bring, and it struck us that it would be nice to have a bottle of wine, too. Sure, you can buy wine in the cafe car, but will Amtrak be OK with us bringing our own? I can't see why it would be an issue, but then again, I've never seen anyone do it. (This could be because I've never taken Amtrak outside the NEC!)
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Old Feb 8, 09, 7:49 am   #2
 
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yes I do

I bring small bottle of champagne into first and make Mimosa's for my wife and I.
I have seen others do similar things.

Where are you headed?
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Old Feb 8, 09, 8:00 am   #3
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You are only allowed to consume non-Amtrak-purchased alcohol on-board in a roomette/bedroom.
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Old Feb 8, 09, 8:28 am   #4
 
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You are only allowed to consume non-Amtrak-purchased alcohol on-board in a roomette/bedroom.

Then what's this stuff for? Or is that what Amtrak serves?


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Old Feb 8, 09, 12:04 pm   #5
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From Amtrak's website:

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You may bring aboard your own private stock of alcoholic beverages subject to the following limitations:

You may consume private stock alcoholic beverages only in Sleeping Car accommodations for which you have a valid ticket.

You may not consume private stock alcoholic beverages in any public areas.
This is not to say that people haven't ignored the rules in the past. And if you're careful, discreet, and don't appear drunk you may well get away with it. But if you are caught, the conductor may do anything from simply giving you a warning, to forcing you to dump your stash, to removing you at the next stop.

Although generally the last choice is reserved for those who are 1) totally out of control, and 2) continue to drink even after they've been warned. But the conductor is lord and master of the train and he/she does have the right to kick you off without appeal.
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Old Feb 8, 09, 4:30 pm   #6
 
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I recall getting free alcoholic drinks in FC on the Acela Express.

Do long-distance trains not offer the same thing for sleeping car passengers? (Hint to Amtrak- you should, if you don't.)
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Old Feb 8, 09, 4:34 pm   #7
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I recall getting free alcoholic drinks in FC on the Acela Express.
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Do long-distance trains not offer the same thing for sleeping car passengers?
They do not. Juice, water, and coffee is provided in the sleeping cars. A choice of nonalcoholic beverage is included with meals in the dining car.
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Old Feb 8, 09, 5:04 pm   #8
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Do long-distance trains not offer the same thing for sleeping car passengers? (Hint to Amtrak- you should, if you don't.)
They do not. Juice, water, and coffee is provided in the sleeping cars. A choice of nonalcoholic beverage is included with meals in the dining car.
There is one exception to that rule, the Auto Train does provide free wine and beer to sleeping car pax in the dining car during dinner.

And a semi-exception would be the free wine and cheese tastings provided on the Empire Builder both ways and the Lake Shore Limited eastbound out of Chicago. But that's not done during meal times.
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Old Feb 8, 09, 11:50 pm   #9
 
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Is Ice Available?

We were planning to bring some spirits for consumption in our reserved bedroom.....but now I'm wondering if we'll be able to get ice to mix our drinks? What do you think?
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Old Feb 9, 09, 9:14 am   #10
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In a sleeper, the attendant will probably be able to provide you with some ice.
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I consumed heavily on the California Zephyr from Denver to San Francisco. However, that was a while back.

I was in coach, and we would all just go to the smoking car. I'm not even sure if they have a smoking car now. But in 1999, people were smoking more than cigarettes, and I was sharing a bottle or Makers Mark. It was a party atmosphere at 2am in the middle of the desert.

Now, I'm going to assume you can consume wherever if you're discrete. The conductor comes around about once every 12 hours, and he's just doing so to be a nice guy. I cannot stress enough that this is NOT air travel. Relax, have a drink, and make some friends; you're going to be on that rail for a LONG time.
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I was on the Crescent one time where a guy was trying to buy too many drinks from the snack car and the attendant shot him down. She said: "Sir, this is a train, not a bar." Then she told him that if he was going to give her any trouble that she would get the conductor to throw him off at the next stop. He was throwing them back quickly and she was right to stop him.

I have had no problems drinking in coach. I carry a small bottle of liquor and keep it out of sight when I am not pouring. I mix it with soft drinks and only drink enough to get tipsy. Just be responsible with it and realize that it is a train and not a night on the town and you will have no trouble.
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on my way home to NY from Washington I grab two large cans of beer and drink on the train. Never had an issue. Didn't even know that I'm not supposed to bring drinks on the train until I saw it on flytertalk
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You are only allowed to consume non-Amtrak-purchased alcohol on-board in a roomette/bedroom.
Only non-Amtrak-purchased alcohol?

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Only non-Amtrak-purchased alcohol?

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